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THE AGE-HER ALD
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act of Congress March 3, 1S79.
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That do renown this city.
_Twelfth Night.
Public Business Given Precedence
The upsetting of precedents goes on
apace in Washington, and public ap
proval follows each new departure of
the new administration.
A correspondent enumerates 18 pre
cedents that have been smashed in
atout as many days, and the most
promising one of the number is the
one in which the President declares he
will make no speeches during the
present calendar year.
This simply means that instead of
spending his time in writing speeches
he will devote all of it to public busi
ness—to the determination of ques
tions of public policy— to the tariff
and the currency and the thousand and
one imporatant problems that come
before the chief executive of a big
republic.
If the President adheres to this de
termination, he will be a President
who will surely win the support of in
telligent people. The country has not
bad such a President since the days of
Abraham Lincoln, who had a task on
his hands so great and so absorbing
that he simply had no time to travel
20(1,000 miles in making at every stop
speeches of short preparation and
small value. Lincoln staid in Wash
ington, and the country will be glad
to hear that it again has a President
Who will do likewise.
Steadily and surely one can hear or
read statements that go to show that
the Wilson administration is gaining
popular strength daily. The belief
grows that it is to be an administra
tion that will attend to business, let
ting all incidents take care of them
selves as best they may. There will
be no hoboing, no posing anywhere,
and very little if any golfing. The
tariff now has the floor, and the Pres
ident has begun a long wrestle with it
hoping to be able in co-operation with
Mr. Underwood to render it better and
freer of private graft.
From the Fafm to the Larder
The new head of 40,000 rural routes
1b an ex-railroad man from Pennsyl
vania, Joseph I. Blakeslee. He had
served all the way from clerk to
trainmaster, and now he takes hold of
the rural routes and the parcel post
system with a full determination to
make both more serviceable.
He is particularly interested in the
parcel post. He hopes to be able to
bring the producer and consumer to
direct business relations, especially
after the inauguration of a C. 0. D.
system on July 1. The parcel post plan
authorizes the Postmaster General to
make any changes in rates and regula
tions that may seem desirable to him,
and Mr. Blakeslee will study the sys
tem with a view to the suggestion of
changes to his chief in this respect.
The rural carrier and the parcel
post will not have reached the limit of
usefulness until the farmer and the
city man deal directly with each oth
er. The two systems cannot be a bene
fit either to producer or consumer un
til this is brought about, and if the
new Fourth Asistant Postmaster Gen
eral promotes this benefit by bringing
the farm and the city kitchen in touch
he will indeed win the gratitude of a
vast number of deserving people.
Fourth Class Postmasters
The plans for testing under the civil
iervice rules the fourth class post
masters, whom Mr. Taft endeavored
to appoint for life after his defeat had
become apparent to all experienced
observers, are in process of comple
tion. Mr. Taft’s order was a violation
of the spirit of the civil service, for
no effort was made to weed out the
Incompetent. The Postmaster General
■nd the civil service commissioners
are now planning tests that will soon
be submitted to President Wilson for
•his approval. Every holder of a fourth
class postoffice will no doubt have to
L be examined in accordance with these
• tests, and then the successful can
didate will be installed to appointment
for life. There is no desire to frighten
off any applicant whether he be in
or out of a fourth class office.
‘Tf,” says the New York Tribune,
"the Postmaster General and the
civil service commission can devise a
fair non-partisan method of testing
the abilities of fourth class postmas
ters ‘covered in’ to the civil service,
and then fill the places of any incom
petents found with candidates from
competitive lists, no friend of the,
merit system need object.” The Trib
une certainly speaks for the republi
cans, and what it proposes is exactly
what the President and the Postmas
ter General will attempt to do. The
places are to be filled by qualified
men, by merit, and not by a sweep
ing partisan order issued at the elev
enth hour. The Burleson plan, if it be
free from all suspicion of partisanship,
will commend itself to all fair minded
men.
Along the Tallapoosa
Representative Fuquay of Alexan
der City presented last week a very
pretty picture of a navigable Talla
poosa. He wants five dams instead of
one because he wants the federal gov
ernment to improve the river until
it is navigable to Sturdivant, a point
far up the river.
To induce the federal government
to do this Mr. Fuquay would have to
spend the remainder of his days at
Washington, for the government is
not ready to open the Coosa to naviga
tion except t indirectly through im
provement companies—and the Talla
poosa empties into the much longer
and larger Coosa. The truth is, the
federal government seems to be will
ing to open only one long river in the
state, the ’Bigbee and the Warrior,
and possibly the Tennessee.
After all it is a matter of probable
tonnage. The coal, coke, iron and
steel of this district will no doubt be
barged to tidewater on an improved
Warrior and ’Bigbee. There are no
such heavy products on or near the
Tallapoosa.
If Mr. Fuquay will study the ton
nage of the Alabama river, he will be
able to form an opinion as to the
probable tonnage that an improved
Tallapoosa would develop. It is true
the Alabama encounters obstacles at
Mobile and from the railroads, but so
would the Tallapoosa.
The country is full of rivers and the
general government’s first inquiry
when an improvement is suggested
relates to tonnage. This is a problem
that will arise on the Tallapoosa as
well as on the Connecticut, the Ohio,
the Coosa or any other river in this
country of innumerable rivers.
Fertilizers From Slag
A bulletin from the United States
bureau of soils in Washington calls
attention to the slag piles that rapidly
accumulate at ail blast furnaces. This
bulletin says the basic slag in the Bir
mingham./district is full of phosphatic
compounds and of potash, all avail
able for fertilizer purposes.
The bulletin goes on to show that
the steel companies could turn their
slag into dollars by manufacturing
fertilizers. They have in their slag
phosphoric acid, ammonia and potash,
and a German process known as the
Scheiber patent enables them to ex
tract these elements from the slag
at low cost.
It will be strange indeed if some in
dividual company does not send for the
bulletin of the soils bureau and study
it “from kiver to kiver.” There may
be big money in the slag piles that
now disfigure every locality in which
iron and steel are made.
Wedding bells will soon be ringing for
Miss Mary Belle Shedd of Lowell, Mass.,
who will thus take (he first step in an
effort to win a legacy of 53,000,000. Under
the terms of the strangest will ever filed
In a New Kngla/C court Miss Shedd will
lose $3,000,000 unless i he marries and
bears children. As soon as this became
known the young woman was deluged
with marriage proposals, but Ihe daugh
ter of the late wealthy perfume manu
facturer made her choice some time ago.
Freeman B. Shedd died in Florida, leav
ing $3,000,000, a widow and daughter, it
was understood the daughter would In
herit her father's property, but the will
was found to provide ns stated. By its
terms Mrs. Shedd and her daughter afe
provided for in life. They will have the
Income of the money, but cannot obtain
the principal unless Mary Belle Shedd
weds. In case she leaves no Children at
the time of her death the money will
be diveded among the Berry school of
Rome, Ua.; the Northfleld seminary, the
city of Lowell an4 the Lowell General
hospital. Miss Shedd is also sole execu
trix of this strange will which takes the
disposition of her father s immense estate
out of her hands unless she becames a
mother.
The last little bubble is the spot, gays
the Baltimore Sun, where Huntington
Wilson went down.
Huntington Wilson goes off to Europe,
leaving the Woodrow Wilson administra
tion to its fate.
Scutari and Adrianople are conducting
an endurance contest, and the odds arc
on the latter.
Alaska has granted votes to women,
hut it has no women other than Esqui
maux.
When Hollow Horn Bear died ot pneu
monia civilization was simply at its
worst.
While Congress at t«he last session lav
ishly appropriated money for public
buildings, it made no provision whatever
to increase the force of the supervising
architect's office to assure the commence
ment of work upon any of the buildings
within the next few years. Unless special
reasons require the erection of a building
out of its turn the construction work will
be undertaken according to a programme
which has divided the buildings author
ized by Congress into several groups. It
will probably require three years to com
plete the 244 in the first group. There are
in the second group 133 appropriations for
new buildings in cities where sites for the
structures have been previously acquired, i
These projects are handled In the order
fixed by the date on which the govern
ment received perfect title to the site.
One hundred and seventy-one new' build
ings are embraced In the fourth group and
may not be reached for\ three or four j
years. The last group contains 132 new
Bites which will be purchased as rapidly
as the law’ will permit and which will
not be held back by the congested con
dition of the supervising architect's of
fice. The third group comprises changes
on existing buildings.
When Miss Cornelia Roosevelt married
Baron Zedlitz her property was put in
trust. The trust agreement recites that
Miss Roosevelt, then 19 years old, had
accepted an offer of marriage from Baron
Zedlitz and “on the treaty of such in
tended marriage it was considered that
a settlement should be made before the
solemnization of the marriage.” The
trust deed was executed the day before
the marriage and shows that $239,368
worth of personal property and eight
parcels of Manhattan real estate, valued
at $100,000, were included in the trust
deed. The agreement provided that the
income was to be paid to the baroness
and that if she died before her husband
he was to get $100,000 from the trust j
estate, the remainder of the principal to
go to their children. The baron aban
doned his right to any part of his wife's
estate to which hp would be entitled under
the laws of Germany. Baron Zedlitz died
in 1901 and the baroness is now living
in London with her daughter, Mulda.
The value of the estate has nearly dou
bled and now yields an income of $2000
a month to the baroness.
The men who robbed a pawnshop in
Hester street, New York, of $300,000 worth
of jewels and securities Tvere traced to a
hotel in Milwaukee, and a battle was
fought writh them in a hotel room. Two
were arrested and one escaped.
It is conceded that a speech of Miss
Jessie Woodrow \\ llson induced the leg
islature of Delaware to pass a 10 hour
workday law for women in factories.
Governor Miller has signed the bill.
The will of Winfield Scott of Texas
was! broken by his daughter, Mrs. Town
send of Denver. Mrs. Townsend gets
$1,000,000, the second Mrs. Scott $2,0(10,000,
and her son a million.
Mr. McCombs declined the ambassa
dorship to France because he wants to
practice law in New York and elect a
democratic President every four years.
New York has a new dance called the
paresis glide, and it is said to have points
that highly commend it, even’ over the
bunny hug.
The authorities grew tired of prying
Sylvia Pankhurst’s mouth open with a
steel crowbar and so they turned her
loose.
Julian Hawthorne whites good stories,
and he may gather some new experi
ences in Atlanta for a best seller.
The Briand cabinet fell in France, but
the Bryan cabinet in the United States
is all wool and a yard wide.
The Keokuk dam flooded an island j
and the owner of the island claimed $25,- j
GOO. The jury gave him $7500.
Huntington Wilson’s snivelling impu
dence brings him no compliments, not
even In the old guard press.
___ _ **v.
Any boy can hope to be President, but
only the rich boys should cherish iy>pes
of an ambassadorship.
British farthings do exist, for the gov
ernment coined 8,000,000 of them last year.
The Greeks shone at Janina, and they
shine daily in this city.
BOOKS THAT HELPED DOYLE
From the Strand.
Discussing the books on his library
shelves, Conan Doyle picks out cer
tain of them, each one of which, bought
in student days when he wrs not af
fluent, it had cost him a lunch to buy,
and lie selects Macaulay's “Essays" as
the'one that had given him "most
pleasure and most profit.” Next to this
|among hooks that have influenced his
i life, he puts the work of Poe, "the
world's supreme short-story writer”—
“the inventor of the detective story.”
He was fascinated, too, by Marbot's
“Memoirs,” and later has found hints
in him and them toward the character
and dashing, dare-devil exploits of his
own Brigadier Gerard. He has a fine
enthusiasm for the "glorious brother
hood of Scott’s novels,” and delights
alike in the “Border Ballads,” and Mac
aulay’s "Lays,” because of thejr swing
and dash, their strength and simplicity,
their love of all that is manly and no
ble and martial. These and a good story
are the qualities that appeal to him,
especially in a work of Action. He will
never write a problem novel. If he
is roused to denounce some injustice,
to attempt tlie righting of some wrong,
lie takes the most direct and down
right way of doing it, attacks it in the
straightest possible fashion, and will
not wait to build fictions about it and
undermine it with a tale.
SHEEP AS BEASTS OF RL RDEX
From the April Wide World Magazine.
All sorts of animals are pressed into
service as beasts of burden in various
parts of the world. In Tioet, for instance,
sheep and goats are used as pack animals,
and a flock of these animals, well loaded,
Journey from there to the Rampur Fair,
in India. The hardy little beasts take
over a month on the long and arduous
Journey, traversing on tlie way several
high passes, where other pack animals
would be useless. Once in India and their
loads delivered, they are kept in the plains
during the winter and then sent back with
a stock of grain for Tibet and regions
on the border where foodstuffs are scarce.
IN HOTEL LOBIES
niiftlnrAft mid the Tariff
"I hear, golden opinions expressed
about President Wilson, even among re
publicans," said L*. T. Sayre of Cleve
land, O.
•T voted the democratic ticket but
many of my republican and bull moose
friends are speaking highly of the new
administration. Republicans in the
east felt that Mr. Wilson was too un
tried in statesmanship and too much
out of touch with the commercial world
to make a satisfactory record in the
executive offioe but everybody now
sees that he is one of the most busi
ness-like Presidents we have ever had,
and his moral character is certainly
of the highest quality.
"I feel confident that Mr. Underwood
will handle the tariff most acceptably.
A few interestes may not approve of
certain revisions but the great Ameri
can public will be benefited and great
ly pleased. There is assuredly nothing
in sight indicating anything that would
seriously disturb business conditions."
Great Musical Artists
“It Is greatly regretted that Birming
ham is to have no music festival or
symphony concerts this spring but, all
in all, the musical season here has not
been devoid of interest,” said an old
music lover. “In fact, we have had
more virtuoso performance I believe
than in any previous season. We have
Indeed had much fine music.
“In addition to several entertain
ments by local ^alent we have had the
Pasmore trio, ZimUallst, the Flonzaleys,
Scharwenka, Tina Lerner and God
owsky, and we are to have the great
est of all violin virtuosos on April 7—
Ysaye. It is worthy of note, too, that
high class music has been well pat
ronized this season.
“It is hoped that those active In pro-,
moting musical enterprises will find
some way to bring one or more sym
phony orchestras here during the com
ing winter or next spring. We will
probably have a splendid auditorium
12 months hence and if it turns out to
be so we should try to have a grand
opera festival.”
Moving Day Almost Here
“Arfril 1 will see a great many people
moving this year,’* said one of the vic
tims yesterday. “One of tile signs of
Birmingham’s growth to me is the dif
ficulty of renting a suitable residence. I
know of my own personal knowledge
literally scores of new houses which have
been built in the residence sections dur
ing the past few months and yet they all
seem to be occupied or to have some
one ready to go into them as soon as
they are completed.
“In looking for a new residence this
year I have been struck with the diffi
culty In getting the s/fene advantages for
the same rent that could be secured a
year ago. Most of the vacant houses
are simply ‘impossible.’ They are old and
ill kept and undesirable In every way.
And as a matter of fact that is about
the only kind of place at a moderate
rental that is-vacant.
“I was more fortunate than others be
cause I had six weeks' notice that the
place I had been renting had been sold
and that I would have to vacate it. Even
at that it was a task to find a place—a
task which I am glad I do not have to
perform every year.”
Trip on New East Lake Line
’’One afternoon last week I took my
first ride on the East Lake end of the
new Tidewater line,” said a well known
business man yesterday. “When the line
passes Avondale—it runs within less than
a block of the zoo, by the way—it was
new territory to me. I had no idea that
the section from Avondale to East Lake
was so well built up over toward the
mountain.
“I made the trip* from Twentieth street
to East Lake park in 32 minutes and
as a matter of curiosity I came back from
the park on the Birmingham Railway,
Light and Power company line and made
it to Twentieth street in exactly 30 min
utes. It is fair to say, however, that the
Tidewater route to the park is a little
longer and a little more roundabout. I
found the Tidewater cars very comfort
able and though I went In mid-after
noon the car I went <mt on was well
patronized."
Sound* Like Miniature Untile
"One of the most Interesting sights on
display In Birmingham at. the present
time," said O. L. Garl, secretary of the
Birmingham Gun club, last night, "is
the handicap tournament now underway
at the fair grounds.
"From tlte time of starting to the time
of conclusion, late in the afternoon, the
guns are booming continuously, and one
1,earing from afar, might with excusable
mistake, reach tho conclusion that a ilt
tle battle is raging In the heart of the
Birmingham district.
• Present at. the shoot are the leading
professional of the United States, men
who are paid handsome salaries by arms
companies to shoot their powder and
their shells at different tournaments, it
in reasonable to suppose that to the
man who is fond of the gun and fond of
shooting, the life of the professional is
one of the most delightful.
“it would require an expert accountant
to figure up the number of shots that
will have been fire] by Wednesday even
ing. or to reckon the cost. It Is safe to
presume, however, tnat the cost of the
powder to be burned would be sufficient
ly large to pay off mortgages on several
little homes around the suburbs of Bir
mingham."
Regarding the Citizen Soldiery
“(From all accounts it is extremely dif
ficult for the national guard to keep up
a largo organization in busy cities and
that, is to be regretted," said a member of
Birmingham's Virginia colony. “If state
ments made about the falling off of the
National Guard be ■ not exaggerated we
will soon have no military organization
hereabouts.
"Since the National Guard hns been
brought into close relations .with the regu
lar army there has naturally been in
creased efficiency in the citizen soldiery.
The militia used to he a Joke in many
states, but now a battalion of guardsmen
make almost, if not quite as good an ap
pearance as United States troops.
"1 lived in Richmond for many years
antj from 1S74 to 1879 was connected with
the' Virginia volunteers, j wag yolmg
and active and 1 enjoyed military prac
tice and the atmosphere of the armory.
I was a clerk in a large mercantile house,
but military duties did not interfere In
anywise with my occupation.
"We used to drill two or three times a
week and although we had no such en
forced discipline as prevails in the Na
tional Guard now every volunteer took
great pride in his company and on pa
rade we looked like regular soldiers. \\ e
had to pay for our own uniforms and
accoutrements. Ten years after the wbt
the military spirit was very high in-tne
I south and I believe also in the north.
Occasionally some large employer wousi
; object to any young man on his pay roll
joining the militia, but the majority of
business men encouraged the volunteers.
The citizen soldiers werex often called
upon to do strenuous military duty.
"The National Guard in Alabama has
done a great deal of military duty and
has prevented, I believe, no end of blood
shed. If the National Guard dwindles
uowrf to practically nothing the state will
have to maintain a regular army to bo
used to prevent lynchings and to check
riots. In Virginia before the war a bat
talion of state regulars was maintained
to be ready in case the slaves organized
and revolted. Today if we wrere to give
up the National Guard Alabama would
probably employ about 2000 state regulars
and the maintenance of such a military
•establishment would probably cost $750,
000, even if the men enlisted for a few
years for the small pay that Uncle Sam
allows. In state troops the esprit de
corps is the thlbg and what a young man
gets in the way of discipline and charac
ter building should count for a great
deal."
THE “WATER JAG”
From the New Orleans Times-Democrat.
If you are looking for a strictly new
sensation go on a water jag. This you
i still may do with legal impunity In
America, but in Germany, where this
form of tipple was Invented, stringent
laws were passed and the vice has been
[Summarily stamped out.
Strange to say—and it may shock the
white ribboner who does not read far
enough—the aqua Intoxicating is more
violent and serious in its effects than
indulgence in opalescent absinthe, fiery
schnapps, head-swelling mescal or Just
plain “red eye,” and the craze makes
one a nervous wreck, it is assured, in a
few weeks’ time. Furthermore, the in
toxicating fluid is just plain water;
of no particular chemical constitution
and not to be sought in any particular
spring or stream—It is just water.
“Well, what's the joke?” we can hear
some one asking. There Is no joke at
all; it is strictly true, the only pecu
liarity being that, instead of being Im
bibed by the throat, as in the case with
ordinary intoxicants, or by subcutane
ous injections, as in the case of the
more subtle narcotics, the water is im
bibed through the ear.
The operation is simple enough. Cold
water is allowed drop, to drop slowly
and steadily into the ear. At first the
effect is somewhat painful and has a
boiling sensation, but gradually this
gives way—it is said—to a delicious
feeling of drowsiness and well-being,
ending in oblivion and deep sleep.
When aroused the victim remains for a
long time dull and stupid, like a heavy
drinker of alcohol.
A craving for this form of intoxica
tion is said to be established easily,
and yet, is persisted in, the habit quick
ly ruins the nervous system and may
easily harm the brain itself, as the un
natural chilling of the brain tissue can
not but bo injurious/
If this new vice should spread one
might have to revise the quotation rel
ative to putting something into one’s
mouth to steal away his brain and for
mouth substitute ear.
BATHE WITHOUT CEASING
Dr. Woods Hutchinson in the American
Magazine.
“Our human skin is the most beauti
ful self-cleaning fabric in the world.
“The masterpiece of nature’s process
of self-cleaning is a delicate oily sub
stance which bubbles up with the per
spiration and is deposited in a thin 1
layer over the surface of the skin.
This serves to keep the skin supple |
and protect it from cracking or dry
ing. Unfortunately it serves to some
degree as a sort of fly paper to catch
dirt and dust, and in order to get rid
of the dirt, we rob the skin of its
natural protective cream, far superior
to any variety of artificial massage
cream or skin food ever invented, no
matter how artistically advertised. The
same denuding effects may be produced
by the use of too hot water, too vig
orous scrubbing with mits, brushes or
other skin torturers, or by bathing in
hard or muddy water.
The daily bath should be taken cool
enough to avoid dissolving too much of
this natural skin cream, as well as to
give a pleasafit brace and sense of ex
hilaration. Soap should be used spar
ingly upon the general surface of the
body for the same reason. Indeed Its
application should be largely limited
to the hands, face, feet, armpits, etc.
If tlie water is very hard, the addition
to the bath of a wineglassful of com
mon vinegar will greatly relieve its
irritating effect upon the skin, and for
those of sensitive skins without much
tat i*yer under them, in cold, raw, |
windy weather and particularly in the
first snap of severe weather in winter, (
it is well to omit the morning bath on
alternate days until the skin has ad
justed itself to the new weather sur
roundings."
Ql'EE.V SLIPS MX Annuno
From the Boston Transcript.
QUEER SLIPS BY AUTHORS.
"From the Mystery of Mary" A roar
of silence followed.
Saturday Evening Post—Her feet
were fswollen from standing in wet,
salty water.
"The Danger Mark"—Her throat was
full of tears. "From her eye teeth,
probably," comments a fun maker.
"The Master Mummer"—But, Isobel,
I am more than twice your age; you
are 18 and I am 34.
“A Marriage of Convenience”—Like
A dels, he had dark brown hair, with
enormous black eyebrows, a moustache
and a short beard.
From a serial—Lord Winter at that
time was a favorite at court and the
spoiled pet of all the ladles of his sex.
G. K. Chesterton—"The two dark eyes
on each side of his protuberant nose
glistened gloomily, like black buttons.
Well fixed for eyes._
“SHERLOCK HOLMES, ESQ.”
From the Strand.
Conan Doyle receives many letters
addressed In all seriousness to Slier
lock Homes, Escj.,” says A. St. John Ad
cock. One which was forwarded to the
popular author recently ran as follows.
"Dear Sir—I trust I am not trespass
ing tno much on your time and kind
ness by asking for the favor of your
autograph to add to my collection. I
have derived much pleasure from read
ing your Memoirs, and should very
highly; value your famous signature.
Trusting ydu will see your way to thus
honor me, and venturing to thank you
very much in anticipation, I am^ sir,
your obedient servant, etc.
“P. S.—Not being: aware of your pres
ent address, I am taking the liberty
of sending this letter to Sir A. Conan
Doyle, asking him to be good enough
to forward It to you.”
ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES
JOYOUS MINSTRELS.
Full merrily the poet crew
Indite their songs to skies of blue.
And birds that trill sweet vernal lays,
And violets blooming /by the ways.
About this time o’ year, methlnks.
The bards appear brimful of drinks.
Their souls with so great ecstasy
Are filled, spring's harbingers to see.
The streams make music In their
hearts,
Those city-pent to rural parts
Would bend their steps, where meadows
green
And many a fair bucolic scene
Allures the eye. Thrice happy hards! I
No more grim winter’s frown retards
The easy flow of dulcet song,
But golden fancies swiftly throng
And some there are, no doubt, you'll
meet
Who’d almost rather sing than eat!
HIS MENTAL STATE.
"Blue Is a fashionable color this
year."
"Then Mopplt Is right In style.”
"How’s that?”
"He's blue nearly all the time.”
APATHETIC.
"Don’t you think this audience cold?”
‘‘Vers’. The comedian has said
‘Damn’ three times and nobody has
laughed yet.”
FAR AHEAD.
"Plimson Is living ahead of his In
come.”
"You are right. If Plimson were to
stand still for five years I don’t be
lieve his Income would overtake him.”
CONSUMED.
A man great wisdom may acquire
And be supremely wise,
But all burns up in the glowing fire
That’s led by a woman's eyes.
NO NEW CLOTHES FOR HIM.
The man who dines
In a ten-cent "beanry,”
But seldom shines
In Easter "scenery."
MORE IMMINENT PERIL.
"Who Is that fellow talking so loud
ly In favor of disarmament? Doesn't
he realize that it will be a long time
yet before the nations of this world
will cease to fight?"
"Oh. he isn’t worrying about what
the nations of this world might do.
That man is the father of a local anti
hat pin ordinance.”
EASILY AVOIDED.
“Jagsby tells me he never tah< s *
drink in the morning."
"Good for Jagsby!"
"But he never gets up till boon."
A PRIVATE OPINION.
I don't think much
Of the fellow's mind.
Who we^Ts his hat
Bow stuck behind.
WANING CELEBRITIES.
Here is where
Old justice socks
The kibosh to
George B. Cox.
—Houston Post.
What fills our tender
Soul with rue la,
Fate's called the turn
On J. Ham Lewis*
NOT AT ALL.
"Had you heard that James J. Jef
fries was planning to return to the
prize-ring?"
"Oh, yes, but I don't attribute the
recent atmospheric disturbances to that
cause.” a
DUPING THE SEERES.S.
"A fortune teller informed me yes
terday that I would die as the re
sult of an aceident."
“Didn’t that alarm you'.’"
"No. I made her think, I owned an
automobile by wearing motor togs."
WELL GROUNDED-FEAR.
"We don’t seem to hawe many poets
who go about nowadays reading their
verses to other people."
"Oh, I dare say there are plenty of
poets who would like to do that, but
they lack the physical courage.”
PAUL COOK.
"a DAY WITH DR. FRIEDMANN
From thq New York World.
□R four hours yesterday Dr. Fried
rich Franz Friedmann stood by an
operating table in the Hospital for
Deformities and Joint Diseases, at 1919
Madison avenue, administering his treat
ment for tuberculosis to patients—prin
cipally children—suffering from the •'ex
ternal" form of that disease.
Just before the lunch hour there was
brought into the operating room on the
fourth floor of the hospital an 18-year
old boy who had been treated by Dr.
Friedmann at the office.- fff Dr. Ueorge
Mannheimer, 41 West Fifty-first street, a
week ago last Saturday- He is suffering
from tuberculosis of the knee Joint, and
was shown to the physicians present as
an example of the effect of the Fried
mann treatment.
It was explained by Dr. Friedmann
that there had been a marked decrease
ir. the swelling of the Joint, nearly an
inch, and that the alleviation of the pain
and the increase in the power of motion
had been correspondingly great. As the
boy stood off a chair the Joint was closei\
examined by the physicians present M
connection with the medical history of
the case.
While the doctors eagerly listened to
the hlBtory of the case and made a close
examination of the affected Joint, none
expressed an opinion. With one accord
they agreed that the time since the treat
ment had been too short to render the
case a test, even according to the most
sanguine claims of Dr. Friedmann.
wnile the clinic held by Dr. Friedmann
at Bellevue, where he treated pulmonary
cases in which the patients were adultB,
was held in amphitheatre with all the
professional dignity usually Incident to
such occasions, the clinic held yesterday
was by far the most appealing and pa
thetio held since Dr. Friedmann landed
in America.
With a few exceptions, the patients
were children, some scarcely more than
babies in arnts. Out of the 35 cases, 29
had been ‘‘brought in." All of them were
charity cases. In every instance the
mothers of the younger children had gone
to great pains to have their children look
as well as possible.
The little girls had been primped and
their hair berlbboned until they looked
as though they had been prepared for a
party. It was a particularly pretty lot
of youngsters; but on the faces of many
there was the mark of suffering and on
the faces of all there were signs of fright.
Six in a row the little patients were
seated on an operating table In the small
room in which anaesthetics are usually
administered. Here they eat bolt up
right, their deformed legs dangling over
the edge of the table, dazed by the noise
and confusion around them.
From the operating room would come
the word "Next!" a youngster would be
picked off one end of the line and an
other brought In by a nurse, to maintain
the supply. Parents were not allowed
to accompany their children after they
had been prepared for the treatment, and
In the lower rooms anxious mothers
paced the floor, waiting lor the time
they would be permitted to see their chil
dren after they had been treated.
The first case was that of a man of 40,
whose ailment had been originally diag
nosed at other hospltalA>as Inflammatory
rheumatism. Motion in the Joint pro
duced pain, and to demonstrate to the
assembled physicians the sign of acute
tenderness the affected limb was pressed,
causing the patient to cry out. This was
a case of knee Joint tuberculosis. The
treatment of this case, with explanations
of the history, consumed about 20 min
utes.
Then a beautiful 14-year-old girl was
wheeled into the operating room. This
also was a case of knee-joint tubercu
losis. Stiffness of the Joint had begun
only four days before :,he was accepted
as a patient by Dr. Friedmann, three
days ago.
Before. Dr. Friedmann administered the
treatment he announced that the veins
in this case were indistinct and that he
might have trouble In locating a vein
for the Intravenous injection. He found
less trouble than he anticipated and the
case required less time than the first
one. s
Case No. 2 was of the same kind- The
patient was aji emaciated, pretty girl
of 10. She was frightened at the crowd
around tier anul cried piteously, more
from fright thaji pain. The nurses and
doctors soothed .her as best they could
until after the injections had been made.
Then there was tcarried into the operat
ing room a little golden-haired girl of
eight. Her hair haul been carefully curled
by her mother and was done up in baby
blue ribbons. She was quiet until Dr.
Friedmann began to feel the*tubercu1osls
knee joint. Her cries of ‘'mamma”
caused a hush In the room, tilled with
physicians inured to suffering.
The fifth case was a child suffering
from tuberculosis of the hip, sent to the
hospital by a Brooklyn physician.
Dr. Friedmann was as gentle and sooth
ing with the children as tt was possible
for a man of nervous temperament to
be.
"Don’t cry, my dear," he'would say be
fore he had treated them. "I won’t hurt
you." And after he had treated them
he would say, "See, I didn't hurt you,
did 1?" And he usually got a smile out
of the youngsters before they left his
hands.
Nurses bundled children in and out of
the room In a continuous profcession.
Thirty-four of the 85 treated were young
children or childish looking on account
of stunted growth due to tuberculosis.
As soon as they had been carried to
their cots from the operating “room the
mothers were permitted to sec and soothe
them. t
One boy of eight did not need soothing.
He was laughing when he was brought
In and took the entire proceeding as a
Joke. His black eyes followed the move
ments of the physicians, and he was car
ried out by an attendant, laughing as
though he had had the time of his young
and dreary life.
A ROYAL SPENDTHRIFT
From the Boston Post.
Vienna.—After spending 18,000,000
francs in 10 years Princess Louise of
Belgium is back here and is again
deeply In debt with the money lenders.
Her agent. Captain Mattachich. is bor
rowing right and left. This agent,
who is attended everywhere by two
expensively dressed women and several
men friends is an expert in borrowing
money and spends it for himself and
the princess as fast as he gets hold
of it.
Before coming to Vienna Princess
I<ouise was so badly off that her very
furniture was taken away by creditors
in Paris and she didn’t have the money
to pay for her journey to Vienna.
Countess Lonyay advanced her the cash
on condition that she retire to one of
the Hungarian estates of Count Lon
yay. Louise promised everything, but
went to the Hotel Astoria Instead,
where she hired a whole floor for her
self and friends.
The Emperor's court marshal in
formed her that she would not be per
mitted in the imperial theatres. That,
made Louise angry and she only visits
second class vaudeville houses. She has
a gayly colored motor car, or rather
several of them, Mattachich burns up
her money nightly in gay company and
spends his days arranging for new
loans.
HEARTS COMPASS
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Sometimes thou seem'st not as thys.-.f
\ alone.
But as the meaning of all things that ’
are;
A breathless wonder, shadowing forth
afar
Some heavenly solstice hushed and
halcyon;
Whose unstirred Ups are music's vis
ible tone:
Whose eyes the sun-gate of the soul
unbar,
Being of its further fires oracular;
The evident heart of all life sown and
mown.
Even such love is; and Is not thy name
love? ' /
Yea, by tl\y hand the love-god rends
apart J
All gathering clouds a* night's am
biguous art; , j
Flings them far down, and sets thine
eyes above;
And simply, as some gage at flower or
glove. J '
Stakes with a smile the world against
heart. \
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